The Portage County Sheriff's Office will host a training and education seminar titled "Critical Incidents, Investigations, Responses and the Role Media & Social Media Play," from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ravenna High School, 6859 N. Chestnut St.
The seminar is being offered to all police chiefs, fire chiefs, school superintendents, principals, school secretaries and university administrators who wish to attend. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. To RSVP, contact detective Danny Burns at email@example.com.
Speakers Ellen Ondrey, communications director for the Chardon School District in Geauga County, and Lt. John Hiscox of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office will speak about what happens "when a critical incident launches us into the local and national media spotlight" as it did in Chardon in February 2012 when a high school student shot and killed three fellow students and wounded three others.
Media relations is "the most overlooked area in crisis management," according to the sheriff's office, and those in attendance will learn to deal effectively with the media during a critical incident.
"With Twitter, Facebook and YouTube becoming the primary forms of communication and interaction in contemporary society, it is imperative for law enforcement officials to have a clear understanding of the benefits of professional media as well as social media and its use in serving the people in our communities," according to the sheriff's office.